The following article was published on Big Government.com, Sunday 1-23-11. I have read this over and over and someone should give Kyle Olson a Nobel Prize for this work. I have replaced the Teachers with Congress, every union and every branch of the US and State government and agencies, except the Military and get the same results. They are all idiots, but they are smarter than the idiots that elect them, us, you and me.
Can you imagine that our military would promote the ranks based on seniority, rather than skill and results. We have survived over 200 years with the best military ever assembled. Had they used seniority as the basis for promotion we would likely still be part of England. It could be worse, just try to imagine if the military not ignored the rule of seniority we would likely be speaking German after WW1. The progressive movement started the hard right turn with T. Roosevelt. Woodrow Wilson then started the big left turns after WW1. There was a period of a few years that sanity returned then we got F Roosevelt and the race for Socialism reached overdrive again. Still our military stayed with results instead of tenure, thank God. After WW11 the dramatic swing toward seniority as a business model took large left turns and empowered the unionization of government workers that removed all common sense from our government.
The only eight years of reality returned with Reagan. He at least had the courage to fire the Air Traffic Controllers, who were shutting down air travel. The skew to the left was revived after Reagan, with Bush 1, Clinton, and Bush 2 and went nuts when Obama was elected.
If all businesses were to use tenure/seniority as the tool to advance people, do you honestly believe we would survive? Results drive people to be better, if the rewards are for achievement. If tenure is the accepted measure of advancement, why would anyone desire to improve themselves or anything?
Folks, the reason is it doesn’t work and someday Washington will wake up, I pray. CB
The article follows:
by Kyle Olson
American Federation of Teachers’ President Randi Weingarten has been doing her best to make sure Big Labor has a say in education reform. She wants to drive the train. The National Education Association, on the other hand, is taking the tact of putting dynamite under the tracks.
While Weingarten says all the right things and uses all the necessary poll-tested phrases, she really wants to maintain the status quo. No tenure reform. No need to judge teachers by any measure other than seniority.
But in an interview with Newsweek, she made this curious statement, in response to Bill Gates saying, “We need to measure what they do, and then have incentives for the other teachers to learn those things:”
“Football teams do this all the time,” Weingarten responded. “They look at the tape after every game. Sometimes they do it during the game. They’re constantly deconstructing what is working and what isn’t working. And they’re jettisoning what isn’t working and building up on what is working, and doing it in a team-like approach.”
That’s correct – they do. It’s too bad that public education does not operate more like the NFL.
Here’s an idea. Let’s have the NEA and AFT become the owners of a new NFL franchise. For a lack of a better name, we’ll call the new team the Thugs.
Players on the Thugs’ roster would receive tenure after two years, like they do in New York City Public Schools.
They can play on the Thugs as long as they’d like, regardless of their skill level. And players would be judged not for their ability to score touchdowns or sack quarterbacks, but the number of years they’ve been in the NFL.
Over time, the Thugs’ roster would be filled with 50- and 60-year old players, raking in the big bucks while losing game after game.
Does anyone believe that the hypothetical Thugs, with their incredible job security, would be competitive with the teams that compensate players based on their performance and frequently alter their rosters to maintain an edge?
It would be wonderful if public education would operate more like the NFL, where you get paid for results and released for incompetence. Maybe then American K-12 students would receive the instruction they truly deserve.